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Emily Tanner-McLean (b. 1983) is an artist whose work explores the transformative potential of liminal, discordant spaces. Her practice encompasses video art and immersive installations that examine the interconnectivity of seeming paradoxes: beauty and terror, natural and manmade, creation and destruction. A child of the MTV generation, Emily came of age at a time when media’s grip on culture and politics exponentially tightened, spurring her interest in media’s generative capacity to promote new, conscious-building ways of thinking. For many years, Emily worked on park development projects in New York and Seattle where she developed her interest in the varied and often contradictory ways people perceive landscapes, a subject which greatly informs her artwork. Emily received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art (2005) and a Master’s in Public Administration (2013) from New York University. 




New York University, Bachelor of Studio Arts, 2005

New York University, Master of Public Administration, 2013



Solo Exhibition


For Those Who Have Seen the Elephant, May 2020, Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA

Rose/rose/rose/rose, January 18 - February 16, 2020, The Vestibule, Seattle WA

Follow Me Through Four Levels, November 2018, goCstudio, Seattle WA


Group Exhibitions

4Culture’s 2020 Storefront Media Gallery program, Seattle WA

Tree, a group exhibition curated by studio e gallery, June 2019, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon WA

Lungs/Limbs, January - February 2019, The Vatican at studio e gallery, Seattle WA, shown with Sarah Norsworthy's Green Fuse exhibition in the main gallery

Peace By Piece, August 2005, Old Bank of Japan at Hiroshima Branch, Hiroshima, Japan

Peace By Piece, May 2005, Desbrosses Gallery, New York NY



Honors + Awards


Centrum Foundation Artist-in-Resident, Fall 2019, Fort Worden, Port Townsend WA

Inscape Artist-in-Resident, February - May 2020, Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle, WA

NYU Alumni Representative and Visiting Artist at the 60th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, August 2005


"Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose...Emily Tanner-McLean obsesses over the flower in her multimedia exhibition at Vestibule"
by Jasmyne Keimig, The Stranger, January 29, 2020

"Celebrate love and art with these Valentine’s Day events around Seattle"

by Gemma Alexander, The Seattle Times, February 11, 2020

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